I am Cindee Beard and I am running to become your voice on Capitol Hill. House District 68 is one of the largest state house districts in the USA. However, everyone who lives in this district can unite around most of the same issues. There are important decisions that need to be made about education funding, preserving our air and water quality, and ensuring full Medicaid expansion to cover the more than 90,000 most vulnerable people in Utah—with no reasonable access to health care.
I decided to run because our voice has been lost in the state legislature—I’m here to bring it back. I’m a mother of six children, so I know how to problem solve and get things done. With my supportive husband, we have raised a family that fills me with pride every day.
In my academic pursuits, I have had the privilege to work with our Utah State Legislature and with United States Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin in the Nation’s Capital. My education and experiences have prepared me with the knowledge of how our government works and what it takes to get things accomplished, especially at the state level.
I don’t have any catchy phrases or clever slogans—I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN. I do have an understanding of the needs of our district, a compassion for all of my neighbors, and a dedication to do whatever it takes to find solutions that benefit us all.
I am running for office because I hold to the ideal that elected officials should represent the diversity and needs of all of their constituents. When that fails, the system no longer works. When that fails, special interests drown out the voices of the people. When that fails, government ignores the well- being of the people.
Let’s get government working for us again.
House District 68 is one of the largest districts in the state, covering five counties; Tooele, Utah, Juab, Beaver, and Millard. Although it may be large, I believe that everyone who lives here can unite around most of the same issues. My platform includes more funding for education, preserving our air and water quality, and ensuring full Medicaid expansion to cover the more than 90,000 most vulnerable people in Utah.
I’m not a professional politician. I don’t have any catchy phrases or slogans. However, what I do have is an understanding of the needs of our district, a compassion for all of my neighbors, and dedication to do whatever it takes to find solutions that benefit us all.
It is upsetting to me to see special interest groups going after our public lands for profit and that our Legislature has set aside $14 million dollars for a lawsuit that they can’t win. Not only is the lawsuit a massive waste of taxpayers’ dollars, but it would also put the feds on the defensive and leave little room for negotiations. If by chance Utah was able to seize public lands, which legally it cannot, the state could not afford to cover the cost of managing it without selling some of the land off to the highest bidder.
I want to protect our public lands and ensure a legacy for future generations to come. If we want to see changes in how the federal government is managing our public lands, we need to work on our negotiating skills, not frivolous lawsuits.
Do I believe the state should increase funding for schools? Of course!
But throwing money at a problem is not going to solve the issues. We need to focus on what works; for example, early childhood education programs, full day kindergarten, and paying teachers a decent wage. Teachers are no longer staying in the field because we are not paying them what they are worth.
In Tooele County, we recently lost a large amount of teachers from East Wendover to West Wendover because the state of Nevada pays them significantly more. Do we need to raise taxes in order to increase funding for education? No, the money is already there. If we can set aside over $50 million for a coal port in California that California didn’t even want and $14 million for a lawsuit we won’t win, we obviously have extra funds available for education.